Centre for Learning and Teaching

Alternative delivery methods

Tue Jan 29 10:44:00 GMT 2013

With so many lectures being cancelled due to the re-scheduled exams (4th-5th February), we appreciate that some staff may wish to engage students in lectures and learning activities using alternative methods of delivery. The e-Learning Team in LTEO, have come up with three possible options which take advantage of the University’s infrastructure and use technology to overcome some of the physical constraints we are experiencing due to limited room availability.

Option 1: Webinar

A webinar is an online lecture/seminar which is broadcast to a select group of individuals/students through their computers via the internet. A webinar allows a lecturer to deliver a talk in real-time to his/her students who may be located anywhere in the world. The lecturer can simultaneously share PowerPoint slides, videos or other multimedia content with students and interact with them to address any questions which may arise. Webinars can afford high degrees of staff/student interaction and can also be recorded and made available to students who were unable to attend.

Technology used: Adobe Connect, the University’s web conferencing system. Those wishing to take up this option will need to have access to a PC and headphones with a microphone (a webcam is optional). A limited number of microphones are available on a first come basis from AV Services.

Support: Training, advice and support are available from the e-Learning Team, LTEO. A member of the team is also available on the day to virtually ‘sit in’ the webinar to assist lecturers technically with any interactions (i.e Q&A sessions) or general troubleshooting.

Restrictions:

  • This option is available for classes with less than 45 students.
  • There are a limited number of webinars we can accommodate during the 4-5 February and staff will need to sign-up for one of the available slots.

Contact/booking: To discuss this option, schedule a webinar slot or request training please contact: e-learning@bath.ac.uk . Delivery to larger cohorts may also be possible, so please contact us to discuss requirements.

Option 2: Pre-recorded lecture followed by electronically facilitated Q&A sessions

Lecturers can pre-record their lectures and make them available to students online to watch at a time which is convenient to them. A pre-recorded lecture can then be usefully followed up by:

  • A short, scheduled, real-time online session (20-30 min) during which lecturers can clarify any key concepts and take questions, or
  • An asynchronous Moodle discussion board which can be set up with key questions/activities with which students can interact. Ideally, online discussions should be facilitated by a member of staff and issues which arise can either be dealt with electronically or can be addressed in the next lecture.

Technologies used:

  • Both Adobe Connect, the University’s web-conferencing system and Panopto (available after 31 January 2013) can be used to pre-record lectures
  • Real-time online sessions will use Adobe Connect
  • Asynchronous discussion boards are available to use within Moodle
  • Staff wishing to take up this option will need to have access to a PC and headphones with a microphone (a webcam is optional).  A limited number of microphones are available on a first come basis from AV Services.

Support: Training, advice and support are available from the e-Learning Team, LTEO. A member of the team is also available on the day to virtually ‘sit in’ the real-time Q&A session to assist lecturers technically with any interactions or general troubleshooting.

Restrictions:

  • There are a limited number of online Q&A sessions we can accommodate during the 4-5 February and staff will need to sign-up for one of the available slots.
  • A maximum of 45 students can take part in a real-time Q&A session
  • Panopto is unavailable until the 31 January 2013. As there is a low availability of rooms with the necessary Panopto hardware/software at this time of year, this option is most suitable for those who have used Panopto desktop recorder in the past and already have the software installed on their own PC. AV can only provide a limited number of loan laptops with Panopto software and integrated webcams after the 31 January.

Contact/booking:

  • To discuss this option, the use of Adobe Connect for pre-recording lectures, the use of Moodle discussion boards or to schedule an online Q&A slot please contact: e-learning@bath.ac.uk
  • To discuss the use of Panopto in relation to this option please contact: a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk .

Option 3: Key text, activities and asynchronous discussions

Lecturers may opt to taking a ‘flipping’ approach to the delivery of content. In this instance, content is delivered to students for self-study in advance of any contact time, through a combination of electronic course materials, textbook readings and a small number of activities (2 or 3). These offer students points for reflection and a means of navigating the content effectively. Subsequent contact time then focuses on problems students are still having after self-study of the materials.

Technologies used:
Ideally, content in support of teaching should be made available to students via Moodle. However, it is acknowledged a number of other technologies and external, discipline specific resources may be used to complement the learning experience.

Restrictions:
Restrictions apply to the digitisation of copyrighted printed materials. However, the University’s Library has an increasing number of e-books which can be used and subscribes to a vast collection of e-journals. Subject Librarians will be able to advise on which resources can be included as part of an online course.

Support and contact details:

  • To discuss approaches to flipping or other alternative delivery methods please contact the Academic Staff Development Team ( learningandteaching@bath.ac.uk ) in LTEO. More information on ‘flipping’ and some useful resources are available at: http://flippingproject.wikispaces.com/Resources
  • For advice, guidance and training in the use of Moodle or other technologies for ‘flipping’, please contact e-learning@bath.ac.uk .